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"The Miser's Heart" (1911) director D. W. Griffith, cinematographer Billy Bitzer




"The Miser's Heart" is a short crime drama directed by D.W. Griffith, featuring Robert Harron and cinematographer Billy Bitzer, stars of Silent Hall of Fame.

An old miser (Adolph Lestina) is friends with a neighbor's little girl Kathy (Ynez Seabury).  One day the miser is attacked in his home by two crooks, who threaten to hurt the child unless he gives them the money. At the same time a petty thief (Lionel Barrymore) who is being sought by a baker (Robert Harron) for stealing his goods, sees the girl hanging by a rope.  So the miser has to choose between his money and the well-being of the girl, and the petty thief also has a dilemma: leave the girl in danger or report the incident to the police and risk going to jail.


Directed by                         D.W. Griffith
Produced by                       Biograph Company
Cinematography                Billy Bitzer
Starring                              Adolph Lestina, Lionel Barrymore, Ynez Seabury, Robert Harron
Distributed by                    The General Film Company
Release date                        November 20, 1911
Running time                     16 min.
Country                              United States
Language                            Silent, English intertitles


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